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Sherlock Holmes - The Man Who Disappeared (Failed Pilot)

Published 1951

Failed pilot for a proposed British Sherlock Holmes series starring John Longdon (Hitchcock's "Blackmail" and "The Skin Game") as Sherlock Holmes. Campbell Singer plays Dr Watson and the episode also features Walter Gotell (70s and 80s Bond pictures) as Luzatto.

The story is based on the canonical adventure "The Man With The Twisted Lip".

Run time 25:48 mins
Producer Rudolph Cartier
Production Company Grand National Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, b/w
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Reviewer: winner55 - - September 24, 2011
Subject: Pretty good.
There are problems with this version ofthe story "the Man With the Twisted Lip." The rewrite, sending the hapless Sinclair into the world of opium addiction and blackmail, is convincingly written but may be unnecessarily complicated. But the big problem is continuity - scenes shift suddenly, sometimes without explanation.
Nonetheless, the Holmes-Watson team is well-played and attractive, and the adventure is thrilling enough.
However, I can't close without reference to a much abler amateur product6ion also available a this site: -
This is certainly a worthy adventure of Sherlock Holmes; the amatuer production indicates that it could have been so much more.
Reviewer: ruakidder - - March 8, 2011
Subject: good Sherlock Holmes show
Liked the actor who played Holmes.

wish they made this a series.
Reviewer: seahorse1945 - - February 18, 2011
Subject: Mystery
It is probably due to timing of the release of this show more so than its quality that it did not make it in show biz. It was quite entertaining, having watched the Basil Rathbone, Arthur Wantnor, and Grenada Film Sherlock Holmes movies/shows plus one other Tv series , and Robert Downy Jrs box office movie as well. This was as good as any other bw tv series I've seen
Reviewer: olderthanbw - - January 17, 2011
Subject: Well done effort.
I think the cast was very good, and the story moved along very well for a thirty minute program. Very good sets for the time.
Reviewer: porterville - - December 6, 2010
Subject: A Good Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Another good rendition of Sherlock Holmes with a plot that progresses to a satisfactory conclusion. This is worth viewing, especially for those who have seen the various movies and television programs on Holmes and Watson.
Reviewer: norfolkman - - February 23, 2010
Subject: A nice surprise.
I began watching this programme, expecting it to be akin to the dreadful Sheldon Leonard productions that were to be screened in the early to mid 1950's. I was nicely surprised by what I saw.
Based loosely on Conan Doyle's story, 'The Man With The Twisted Lip' I would have been more than happy to have watched more. The acting was a little stiff but normal for the time and the accents were genuine; none of the dreaful Dick Van Dyke school of acting.
It is a pity that more programmes were not made if this is a sample of what was to come.
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